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29/05/20 9788 Somerset Loft Insulation Scam Warning

Numerous residents in the Somerset area have reported that they have received telephone calls from individuals who claim to be from government funded companies and that they needed to make an appointment so they could inspect their loft insulation.

A check online reveals that there have been reports from residents all over the country who have had similar calls, so it is highly likely that this is a scam and your area could be approached soon.

Always be wary of any cold callers, whether in person, by email or by phone. Never give out any personal details, especially financial information. If you have any concerns, hang up and contact the company or business the caller claims to represent using a telephone number from a phone book or old invoice or letter. You should always wait at least five minutes before making this call as the fraudster may still be on the line. If possible, use a different phone such as a mobile.

If you have any information regarding this incident contact the Police on 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

 22/05/20 9788 Somerset Wide: Alert over thefts from vans – North Somerset and Bristol

We’re investigating after the occupants of a dark-coloured BMW car were reported as being involved in thefts and attempted thefts from vans in North Somerset and South Bristol.

There were four incidents on Saturday night, 16 May:

•the first happened at about 10.13pm in Aspen Park, Weston-super-Mare. A witness reported disturbing men who made off in a car. Officers attended and found that three Vauxhall Vivaro vans in the street had been tampered with. Two were damaged but nothing had been stolen.

•in Wrington Lane, Congresbury, another Vauxhall Vivaro was broken into and tools were stolen. These included Hilti batteries and impact guns and a number of cordless Makita tools. This wasn’t witnessed and was reported on Sunday afternoon but CCTV shows the incident happened at 10.36pm on Saturday night.

•just before 11pm officers were called to Chescombe Road, Yatton. A Peugeot van was damaged but had nothing stolen after the men were disturbed by witness.

•finally at 11.30pm a Vauxhall Vivaro parked in Westward Road, Bishopsworth, was damaged in an attempt to break into it. Again a witness called officers after seeing someone interfering with the vehicle.

We responded to each report on Saturday night. The area was searched for the suspect vehicle with no trace. House-to-house enquiries have been carried out and an alert issued through Neighbourhood Watch.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Mark Raby said: “These witnesses did exactly the right thing by calling us immediately to report this suspicious behaviour. We understand the significant impact of this sort of crime on tradespeople’s livelihoods. We’d be keen to hear from anyone with information which could help, especially who recognises the men in the image above, quoting reference 5220106973.”

He added: “We know it’s not always possible to empty a work van overnight, but we’d recommend it if you can.”

Other vehicle security advice:

•permanently mark tools with your business name or postcode

•keep a record of the serial numbers

•keep tools inside a secure storage cage or box anchored within the vehicle

•set the alarm as well as locking the van whenever you leave it

•park it in a secure garage, or with the doors against a wall or another vehicle, to make access more difficult

•fit secondary locks

•use a tracking device

Don’t help to create a market for stolen goods – we’d also like to hear from you if you see tools offered for sale, online or in person, at a suspiciously cheap price.

If you can help, please call 101and give the call handler the reference number 5220106973

19/05/20 9788 AN006 Theft from a Motor Vehicle.

A van has been broken into overnight in Main Road, Cleeve on the 17th. The van was located outside the property at the time of the theft, the offender/s drilled holes through the doors to gain access to the vehicle and once inside has stolen a substantial quantity of tools the total of which is being established. The offender/s made no attempt to steal the vehicle itself before making off.

If you contact the Police about this incident, please call 101 & quote Reference number: 5220107272 or Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, thank you.
Keeping children safe during the Coronavirus pandemic

Avon and Somerset Police are helping to keep young people safe online during the Coronavirus pandemic, by promoting a new online safety campaign which supports parents to keep their children safe on their devices.

The NCA (National Crime Agency) and CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) are redoubling their efforts to promote online safety messages to parents, carers and teachers and have launched a new #OnlineSafetyAtHome campaign, which hosts informative, education products for children of all ages that can be easily incorporated into home schooling.

The online world is a vital space for children at the moment, as they try to keep up with school work and maintain relationships with their peers. However, the internet can be a dangerous place for children if they are not educated on how to use it sensibly and safely. And with children spending more time in their bedrooms and parents trying to work at home, there is the chance that young people could fall victim to exploitation and bullying, which is where the new campaign can help.

It is also highly likely that child abuse offenders are spending more time online due to the lock down, in greater numbers, and research carried out by The Lucy Faithfull Foundation and the Research, Information and Communications Unit suggests that offenders are more likely to relapse during this period.

Detective Chief Inspector Larisa Hunt, lead for Operation Topaz, Avon and Somerset Police’s child sexual and internet exploitation team said: “Over recent years, we have seen a continued increase

in online child abuse and exploitation and the fear is that during these unprecedented times, this will continue to rise.

“Our focus in Avon and Somerset is always on engaging with and supporting child victims of abuse and their families, as well as disrupting offenders. This is still our focus during the Coronavirus pandemic and I want to reassure our communities that we are still here, working hard to keep young people safe.

“We need parents to help too. I know this might feel like yet another thing you have to do and that parents are already juggling many tasks. And whilst it’s tempting to let your children disappear off to their bedrooms on their screens, so that you can get on with some work, I would request that you please talk to your children about online safety. Know who they are engaging with online and make sure your children understand that people may not always be who they seem to be.

“There’s also never been a better time to review your parental controls on all of your household devices.” DCI Hunt

DCI Hunt adds: “We really don’t want to alarm parents unduly. The online world is coming into its own at the moment, helping us to keep up with work, school, friends and family. There is no need to lock away your children’s screens or to scare them with stories about bad people.

“Take a look at the websites and resources available and keep the lines of communication open with your children. There is loads of advice and support for parents and young people out there.”

Child Sexual and Criminal Exploitation Prevention Officer and Co-ordinator Androulla (Andri) Nicolaou said: “It’s essential that we maintain our contact with vulnerable young people and their families and carers during the pandemic. Whilst the internet is a positive way for young people to stay in touch with each other, for education and to socialise, it also enables those who would groom and exploit them.

“Online child exploitation can include live streaming, coercion and blackmail of children for sexual or criminal purposes.

“Gangs are using social media to groom children into criminality and county lines drug dealing. The way they portray themselves online may seem glamourous to some children when they share

images of cash, expensive items of clothing or technology, using gang videos and songs. But the reality of being in a gang can be very different. Please remember there is always a way out with help.”

During the Coronavirus pandemic we have had to change our tactics to comply with social distancing. For example we are now delivering child exploitation advice sessions via Skype to professionals working closely with children, including foster carers, teachers and social workers.

Andri Nicolaou continues: “I am in regular contact with our children’s homes, to see how the children are doing and to let them know that I am still here to help. We’ve had online chats and my niece who is a dancer has even produced a dance video for young people in the homes to practise and watch. This really helps to keep those relationships going. I’m also maintaining links with schools and parents, sending them resources and speaking to them about how to spot the signs that a child may be being groomed.”

Our officers and staff are also continuing to work closely with partners through the violence reduction units (VRUs) around the force area. These multi-agency teams, usually led by local authorities, collectively work to safeguard vulnerable children and to disrupt offenders.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I am extremely supportive of this new online safety campaign, especially during these uncertain times. At the moment, we are all more reliant on technology but it is important to remember how the internet can be used to commit awful crimes including online child abuse and exploitation. I encourage parents to look at the resources available and ensure children know the importance of online safety.”

Cyber bullying

Cyber Protect Officer Kristian Evans says: “Whilst exploitation, grooming and abuse may seem like the obvious dangers to children online, we should also be aware that children could be more susceptible to cyber bullying at the moment.

“Children may be feeling more anxious and lonely at the moment and will be seeking to maintain their friendships and relationships online. Whilst this is a vital channel for young people to stay in touch with their peers, they may feel unable to ‘switch off’ and could get sucked into an online world of bullying and distress.

“Again, talk to your children, show interest in what apps they are using let them know that it’s healthy to switch off their screens from time to time and to step away from the internet. We could all feel a lot better if we did this more often.

“It’s not advisable to be too heavy handed and ban children from their devices. They may not understand that you are doing this to protect them, and then if something bad does happen, they may be less inclined to come to you for help.”


And on the subject of offenders, DCI Hunt has this message: “There are many motivations for some people to look at indecent images of children online or to have sexual communication or contact

with children online. For some who manage this with distractions such as work, family and friends, this could be really difficult during lockdown.

“If you are struggling to manage to control this or if you have noticed someone in your family become increasingly secretive about their internet use and are worried that they’re looking at sexual images of under 18s you can seek advice from the Lucy Faithfull Foundation. You can call their confidential helpline on 0808 1000 900 or visit their website at https://www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk/”

Top tips for keeping children safe online:

Cyber Protect Officer Kristian Evans’s top recommendations of websites and resources for support around online safety:

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 10/12/19 9788, Police call on public to sign up for free counter terrorism  

An award-winning counter terrorism training course is being made available to the public for the first time and Avon and Somerset Police want you to sign up and help protect the UK.

Devised by CT officers and security experts, the ACT Awareness eLearning package was previously only available to staff working in crowded places like shopping centres and entertainment venues.

Now Counter Terrorism Policing has decided to open up the training to anyone who wants to become a CT Citizen so they can learn how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and understand what to do in the event of a major incident.

The programme was originally devised in partnership with retail giant Marks and Spencer – and participants needed to be signed up by their employers. Today the online learning is available free of charge to anyone who wants to take part.
The decision to offer the training to the public was not made in response to the recent attack in London. However, the tragic events which took place just 10 days ago, when two people lost their lives to terrorism, were a stark reminder of the ongoing threat and the need for vigilance.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Cullen said: “ACT Awareness eLearning is especially useful for anyone working in or regularly visiting crowded places. “Developed alongside industry experts more than one and a half million modules have already been completed. “The course has been so popular, with nine out of 10 users saying they would recommend it, we want to open it up to as many people as possible.

“The threat level remains at Substantial – meaning an attack is likely – so giving everyone the chance to be extra eyes and ears for police and local security teams help to keep all communities across the Avon and Somerset area safe. “The festive period is obviously a very busy one – so this is a good time to join up and become a CT Citizen.”

ACT Awareness is made up of seven modules that take a few minutes each to complete. You can pause and re-join at any time. In total it takes just 45 minutes – so less than an hour of your time could help to prevent an attack or help save lives if one was to happen.

The course is hosted by online training specialists Highfield. To register and start learning, click here



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